Roine Stolt dis­cusses the state of su­per­group The Sea Within…

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While Stolt is en­throned again as The Flower King, The

Sea Within re­mains very much a go­ing con­cern. The su­per­group got off to a less than aus­pi­cious start when they pro­ceeded to lose their charis­matic singer, Pain Of Sal­va­tion leader Daniel Gilden­löw, al­most as soon as they had be­gun. “Maybe it was a bad idea in the first place that Daniel was in the band,” Stolt sighs.

The Sea Within’s launch stut­tered fur­ther when bassist Jonas Rein­gold proved unavail­able for their live de­but at Lore­ley, with Mar­il­lion’s Pete Tre­wavas sub­bing, while Fly­ing Col­ors’ vo­cal­ist Casey McPher­son has ap­par­ently per­ma­nently re­placed Gilden­löw. Strangely – and con­trary to Stolt’s own wishes – The Sea Within have yet to tour, al­though they are sched­uled to play Cruise To The Edge next Fe­bru­ary.

To­gether with some mixed re­views for their epony­mous de­but al­bum, Stolt ac­knowl­edges that the first year of The Sea Within has been far from plain sail­ing. “Peo­ple get con­fused with some­one else com­ing in singing, even though Casey sang a cou­ple of songs on the al­bum. And while Lore­ley wasn’t su­per, it was

OK. We did a good job given we didn’t even have a soundcheck. We all agreed when we left Lore­ley what a great week we’d had re­hears­ing and play­ing. We could feel the chem­istry.”

Con­se­quently, Stolt is op­ti­mistic that The Sea Within will rise to greater heights. “So far it has turned out a bit strange, but we are now plan­ning a spring tour. I think we can so­lid­ify and build up mo­men­tum. It’s weird to have this gap of six to eight months be­tween re­leas­ing the al­bum and tour­ing. Also, once we get out and play live and make a se­cond al­bum, the dy­nam­ics within the band will be clear.”

Stolt takes en­cour­age­ment from the last re­hearsal that The Sea Within un­der­took prior to per­form­ing at Lore­ley. “I’ve never been in a band that sounded so per­fect,” he en­thuses. “Transat­lantic for sure didn’t sound that per­fect! Nei­ther did The Flower Kings. I know The Sea Within will sound fan­tas­tic once we get 10 shows un­der our belt. And af­ter an­other al­bum we can judge whether it re­ally works or not. The last word hasn’t been said about The Sea Within!”

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